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Bomb Defuse Simulator 2013: a Head-Tracking Tech Demo

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the baby-steps-to-a-holodeck dept.

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New submitter Johnny G. Mills writes "During a gamejam (an event to quickly develop and build an interesting game), two members of Sassybot Studio used a projector, Microsoft Kinect, and two moving boxes to create a simulator for defusing a bomb. They used me as a test subject, and thought Slashdot would enjoy this convergence of tech and gaming. 'The wires generated in Bomb Defuse Simulator 2013 are created procedurally to provide the player with a random challenge each time the game is played. ... The controls in the game are split up into physical input and Xbox controller input. With physical input the player moves around the bomb to see what is happening. This is literally done by walking around the real environment ... In our case we projected onto cardboard boxes to prove the concept. In theory this concept can be applied to larger and more unconventional objects. Doing so will challenge the game designer with utilizing the real space in order to create a game in virtual space.'"

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35 comments

now just wait (5, Funny)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year ago | (#44814901)

til he get arrested for teaching xbox players how to defuse a bomb. I mean that HAS to be worse than teaching someone how to beat a polygraph right??

slight difference (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44814961)

Beating a polygraph is a lie.
Beating a bomb is life.

(And you never know when you're going to be in a blockbuster movie; that's how the heroes learned to defuse, I suspect.)

Re:slight difference (2)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year ago | (#44814995)

polygraph != truth vs lie, just to be clear, having said that wooooosh

Re:slight difference (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44815253)

Shrek is life.

Re:slight difference (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44818419)

Shrek is life.

Shrek is love.

At first... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44814917)

I thought this was a bomb making simulator

Re:At first... (1)

solidraven (1633185) | about a year ago | (#44814971)

No no no, that's what the internet is for.

Sounds like a blast! (4, Funny)

hedgemage (934558) | about a year ago | (#44814953)

(sorry)

Re:Sounds like a blast! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44816959)

You have to find the head.

Who uses wires in bombs? (2)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#44815017)

That is soooo yesterday and might get you shot if you carry it around! http://hackaday.com/2008/09/19/boston-led-sweatshirt-arrestee-interviewed/ [hackaday.com]

Modern bombs use wireless tech and there is nothing to cut! Instead you have to figure out how to exactly fold and insert a piece of tin-foil.

Re:Who uses wires in bombs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44815129)

This was more of a proof of concept technology demo if anything. In theory, one could create a game of Jenga projected on a long box too.

Re:Who uses wires in bombs? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44817467)

Modern bombs use wireless tech and there is nothing to cut!

I've never heard of wireless bomb detonators. You do realize that there is some substantial energy to be delivered into the detonator? It's not just a signal, the wires form a power circuit.

Re:Who uses wires in bombs? (1)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#44819753)

And the second one with a broken satire-detector.

Re:Who uses wires in bombs? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44820463)

Given how many people harbor incredible misconceptions about all things explosive, there's bound to be a lot of false positives and negatives in that area. ;-)

Re:Who uses wires in bombs? (1)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#44822009)

Well, yes. I though it was completely obvious how stupid it would be to attach a timer wireless to a detonator (because that means the detonator will be several orders of magnitude more complex than the plain timer), but apparently many people without even the slightest clue of how these things work make themselves even more clueless because they think they have a clue. Dunning-Kruger effect at work. Explains a lot.

Re:Who uses wires in bombs? (1)

Mathinker (909784) | about 10 months ago | (#44857345)

It is possible to make a totally wireless chemical detonator by using something like, for example, gelatin-coated sodium metal in hydrogen peroxide (+ an appropriately heat-sensitive primary explosive), or possibly some other kind of coated metal + picric acid. I don't think it's recommended except in circumstances where it would be impossible to use a wired detonator --- the exact detonation time would be quite unpredictable.

What is old is new again (1)

djupedal (584558) | about a year ago | (#44815053)

Rocky's Boots in virtual space...

Walkthru (Spoilers!) (1)

Flere Imsaho (786612) | about a year ago | (#44815665)

It's always the red wire.

Re:Walkthru (Spoilers!) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44815857)

The answer is to cut all the wires at the same instant, not that it would make for a very good movie.

Re:Walkthru (Spoilers!) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44816601)

Maybe if you had non-metallic scissors, but with metal ones, that would almost guarantee a detonation. You'd short all the wires at the same time. Ooops. And yes, the bomb squad would be using metallic scissors, which is why they'd only cut one at a time. Pulling them all out at the same time has a good chance of getting the effect you are looking for, though.

Re:Walkthru (Spoilers!) (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44817619)

Maybe if you had non-metallic scissors, but with metal ones, that would almost guarantee a detonation.

Short-circuited circuits usually don't work, regardless of whether the power load is a light bulb or a bridge wire in the detonator.

Re:Walkthru (Spoilers!) (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44816715)

No, because not all wires are functional. Some of tem are 'sabotage' wires which make the bomb explode instantly if cut. At least that's how alarm systems work, only instead of cutting the correct wire out of 5, you have to guess the correct 5 out of 40.

Re:Walkthru (Spoilers!) (1)

cusco (717999) | about a year ago | (#44817497)

No, alarm systems do NOT work that way. I work on them for a living. There are only two wires, but in a good installation the circuit will be "supervised" with two 1k resistor packs. The system sees 1k of resistance and knows that the switch at the other end is open. 2k of resistance says the switch is closed. 0k resistance is an 'open line fault' and says the wire has been tampered with.

Re:Walkthru (Spoilers!) (1)

Nrrqshrr (1879148) | about a year ago | (#44818747)

I always wondered whether I had a fascination with all this because it's something excitingly forbidden, or because I have a freaking pyromaniac asleep inside of me.

Moron (1)

Maj Variola (2934803) | about a year ago | (#44815673)

You're a moron. Any freshman can design a detonation system and perform the chemistry to null your system. Folks in glass empires ought not fly drones. Do the math.

Re:Moron (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#44817001)

You're a moron.

Who's a moron?

So... which one to cut? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#44815731)

(sweating over a trope) [tvtropes.org]

Pop quiz, hotshot (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#44816169)

There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?

Re:Pop quiz, hotshot (2)

Osgeld (1900440) | about a year ago | (#44816263)

shoot the hostage, duh.

Live or die (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44817255)

ALWAYS cut the BLUE wire....

Re:Live or die (1)

RaceProUK (1137575) | about a year ago | (#44817695)

What if they're all blue wires?

Re:Live or die (1)

alexander_686 (957440) | about a year ago | (#44818739)

You know, that was a great thing about James Cameron’s Abyss. Bud, the hero, is in the dark and needs to cut the red wire but all of the wire are white due to the green chem light that he is using.

Re:Live or die (1)

neminem (561346) | about a year ago | (#44819083)

Yeah, that is one of my favorite examples of playing with the Wire Dilemma [tvtropes.org] trope, too. Though the Castle episode was fun, too. "Well, one of them had to be the right one."

IS it realistic enough (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#44817409)

Is it realistic enough to prepare us against the muzzie threat?

the Boston version? (1)

cellocgw (617879) | about a year ago | (#44819985)

Which is to say, is there a "LiteBrite" mode?

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